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Posted August 9, 2021 in "Watts" In The Bag by Tom Brassell
By The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Abraham Ancer of Mexico won the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday for his first PGA TOUR title, beating Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns with a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole.
Ancer won the WGC event at TPC Southland after Burns’ 5 1/2-foot putt — on the same line as Ancer — lipped out.
“This is surreal,” said Ancer, the 30-year-old former University of Oklahoma player who was born in McAllen, Texas. “I felt I left so many shots out there on the back nine, but you never know.”
Ancer, who finished second at the Wells Fargo Championship in May, played more aggressively on the second extra trip down the par-4 18th.
“I went right at it and the shot played perfectly in my mind and it came out just how I pictured it,” he said.
Harris English, the leader after each of the first three rounds, faltered on the back nine to give Ancer, Burns, and Matsuyama a chance.
Ancer closed with a 2-under 68 to match Matsuyama and Burns at 16-under 264. Matsuyama shot a 63, and Burns had a 64. English, the 2013 champion at TPC Southwind, was a stroke back after a 73.
On the first extra hole, Ancer, Burns and Matsuyama, coming off a bronze-medal playoff loss in the Tokyo Olympics, made decent runs at birdies. Matsuyama had the shortest attempt — from 20 feet — and it nearly went in the cup before lipping out.
Check out “Watts” in Abraham Ancer’s bag below.
Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS (8.5 @7.5 degrees) – Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 60 TX
3-wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max – Shaft: Project X Evenflow Riptide 70 X
5-wood: TaylorMade M2 (18 degrees) – Shaft: Matrix VLCT St 105
Utility: Srixon ZX (4-iron, 23 degrees) – Shaft: Mitsubishi Chemical MMT
Irons: Miura TC-201 (5-PW) – Shafts: Mitsubishi MMT 105 TX
Wedges: Miura HB-10 (52), Artisan Prototype (56, 60 degrees) – Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Grips: Golf Pride MCC